What just happened?

To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Suzuki Harunobu (鈴木春信) (Biographical details)

Suzuki Harunobu (鈴木春信) (printmaker; Japanese; Male; 1724 - 1770)

Also known as

Harunobu, Suzuki (鈴木春信); Shikojin (思工人); Choeiken (art name)


Print artist. Artist training unclear, but there are theories that he was a pupil of either Nishimura Shigenaga or Nishikawa Sukenobu. The leading artist of prints of beautiful women in the 1760s, Harunobu originally based his style on that of Nishikawa Sukenobu but gradually became more individual. He participated as an artist in the parties to exchange calendar prints in 1765 and 1766, and became the most important designer of prints of beauties as a result of his major contribution to the establishment of the full colour 'nishikie' print. He was a prolific artist of 'chuban' prints showing the manners and customs of women, and completely dominated his generation, giving rise to many imitators. The special qualities of Harunobu's prints are their lyricism and purity of feeling; he invites the viewer into a special, dreamlike world.